The Director will provide leadership for the multidisciplinary team of 11 research and Extension faculty and about 40 classified and non-classified staff, and hourly support staff. The Director will serve the Division as a recognized authority and spokesperson for rice production, processing and marketing. The successful candidate will lead the faculty and staff in funding, building and maintaining strong, multidisciplinary research and extension programs that address applied and basic research topics relevant to Arkansas and mid-South rice industry needs.
Provide leadership in planning, integrating, and implementing the research and Extension programs conducted at the RREC. Duties will include administrative and fiscal leadership for the RREC personnel, programs and physical resources; program planning, faculty development, and pursuit of extramural funding; coordination with other university programs, professional and governmental agencies, and industry groups. The successful candidate will be active in industry support groups including, but not limited to the Arkansas Rice Research & Promotion Board, Rice Technical Working Group, Rice Industry Alliance, Arkansas Farm Bureau, USA and Arkansas Rice Federation, and the Agricultural Council of Arkansas. The Director will help establish research and extension priorities related to rice production, processing, and marketing. The Director will also provide overall leadership for planning and execution of the annual Rice Field Day.
Recruitment Contact Information: Nathan Slaton, Assistant Director Experiment Station, firstname.lastname@example.org
The candidate must have an earned Ph.D., or equivalent, in Agriculture or a closely related discipline, and a sufficient record of professional accomplishments that would qualify for the rank of Professor. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with both scientific and stakeholder audiences. The candidate’s record should demonstrate the administrative skills to lead a dynamic research and Extension program, including the ability to collaborate and communicate with diverse clientele. Demonstrated fiscal and personnel management, excellence in written and oral communication skills, ability to attract extramural funding, interest in providing multi-disciplinary leadership and coordination of diverse research interests are preferred. Prior experience in the Land Grant University System, including field research, laboratory research, and/or Extension education is desirable.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with education and experience
Internal Number: R0002517
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